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Forum topic by DerekW posted 07-23-2018 05:11 PM 629 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-23-2018 05:11 PM

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I recently bought a bunch of wood from Craigslist and need help identifying the type of wood that is in the pictures. It is an open-grained wood, kind of like mahogany, but a lighter brown than the mahogany I’ve used in the past. It turns a deep rich brown after boiled linseed oil application. Any idea what type of wood this is?

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#1 posted 07-23-2018 05:28 PM


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#2 posted 07-23-2018 05:45 PM

Hard to tell from pictures

Looks like well aged and sun faded walnut that was steamed and kiln dried originally to me?
Color shadow in 2nd piece on middle picture is what would happen if part of wood was in sun and part in shade.

Many of the mahogany look alike species will develop a red/orange tint in straight BLO finish, but these could be candidates as well?

Check end grain closely, and then refer to wood database finde for more help.

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#3 posted 07-23-2018 05:49 PM

There are a number of species that it could be based on those pics. I’ve got some African mahogany that looks very much like that.

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#4 posted 07-23-2018 06:13 PM

I’m leaning towards chrisstef’s guess of sapele. I checked out the wood database, as suggested by CaptainKlutz, for mahogany and sapele. The end grain and face grain looks more sapele-like than mahogany-like. I also compared it to some mahogany I have after wiping both with denatured alcohol. It didn’t have any red or orange tints after the denatured alcohol but looked lighter than the picture with boiled linseed oil above.

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#5 posted 07-23-2018 09:11 PM

It looks like walnut to me.

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#6 posted 07-23-2018 10:44 PM


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#7 posted 07-24-2018 12:05 AM


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